The Modern Bookshelf

A few days ago New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation announced that they are accepting proposals to open a horseback riding program in Central Park. The city hasn't had horses in Central Park since Claremont Riding academy, which had operated in Manhattan for 115 years, closed down in April 2007. The stable provided riding lessons in both jumping and dressage, and leased out trail horses to advanced riders to take into Central Park.

*If your looking to have your heartstrings pulled, read the devastating letter on the Claremont Riding Academy's website about the end of their time in New York.*

Some images from Claremont Academy while still in operation:

Hearing about the reinstating of horseback riding in Central Park (not to mention that I'm currently in the city myself), made me think of Michael Korda's "Horse People: Scenes from the Riding Life."

From Amazon:
"Beginning with his youth, and following with his reconnection to the horse world when he takes his son to lessons, Korda relates how horses changed his life: he met his current wife, Margaret, at New York City's Claremont Riding Academy, and eventually they purchased a home in Dutchess County with grounds to accommodate a growing number of horses. In one hilarious episode, Korda, the editor-in-chief at Simon & Schuster, visits an author in Middleburg, Va., and finds himself, unprepared, on a foxhunting horse jumping over walls and into backyards."

The book covers the highs and lows of horseback riding, and investigates the different settings people own and enjoy horses. Highly recommend for your modern bookshelf.


L.Williams said...

I got that book for Christmas one year in college and at first I wasn't too interested (lets face it I'm a saddle club girl at heart) but once I started reading it I loved it.

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